The rugby league world has come together to condemn online trolls who took aim at Brisbane star Julia Robinson.
The Broncos posted a photo of the gun State of Origin winger at training on their social media platforms, but the post was soon bombarded by distasteful comments.
Robinson herself drew attention to the trolling by calling it out in an Instagram story.
“I never usually read social media comments, or let them affect me,” she wrote.
“However I just wanted to say that no one should be ashamed or self conscious to have muscles. It shows dedication and hard work.
“I love my muscles.”
A host of fellow NRLW stars reposted her story and slammed the trolls, showing their support for Robinson.
“Got you always (Robinson) – f—ing trolls at it again,” Brisbane and Queensland captain Ali Brigginshaw said.
Jillaroos and Blues representative Kirra Dibb wrote, “Disgusting. No one should be anything by complimentary to athletes that work incredibly hard to be the best in their sport”.
“This is disgusting behaviour and I don’t think you should have protected those trolls by covering up their Twitter names,” NRL journalist Brad Walter commented.
Broncos boss Dave Donaghy released a statement sticking up for his player.
“Julia is a one of the hardest workers in both our men’s and women’s program, and her consistently elite performances on the field reflect the effort she puts into her training and preparation,” Donaghy said.
“That’s not to mention the widespread work she does in the community, and the inspiration she gives to young athletes, both boys and girls.
“Surely our society has moved beyond athletes and role models like Julia being belittled for a photo that showcases everything that is great about our sport.
“The Broncos stand behind Julia and we can’t wait to see her and the rest of our NRLW squad kick off their season on Sunday night against the Knights.”
The unsavoury story broke on the eve of the NRLW season launch, to be held on Wednesday.
Robinson will line up on the wing for the Broncos when they open their season against the Knights on Sunday.
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